March 10, 2015 at 7:15 pm

History Grad Student Wins Research Spot at U.S. Holocaust Museum

Guy Aldridge, a graduate student in History at Ohio University, has won a 2015 Summer Research Assistantship for graduate students at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. He will spend two months there this summer, assisting on a variety of the museum’s research projects and conducting his own research. Aldridge successfully wrote and defended his MA thesis under the supervision of Assistant Professor Mirna Zakic. The title of his thesis is”Forgotten and Unfulfilled: German Transitions in the French Occupation Zone, 1945-1949.”

History offices in Bentley AnnexThe museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies’ Summer Graduate Research Assistant Program acquaints promising M.A.-level and first-year Ph.D. students with Holocaust studies by encouraging participation in the broad range of scholarly and publicly available educational programs offered by the museum during the summer months.

Research assistant projects may include but are not limited to: (1) facilitating projects related to the International Tracing Service digital collection at the Museum; (2) supporting the research, annotation, contextualization, and editing required for advancing the Museum’s Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933–1945 and the archival source series Documenting Life and Destruction, including topical volumes; and (3) supporting the Center’s Holocaust in the Soviet Union Initiative.

In addition, assistants are expected to participate in a weekly training seminar led by Museum staff, which introduces them to key subjects, essential tools, useful methods, and approaches as well as career opportunities in Holocaust research. Each assistant will meet with a staff mentor who will assign weekly tasks and project goals and discuss the progress of these tasks and goals. Assistants are expected to familiarize themselves with relevant topics through assigned readings and to actively engage with Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies staff.

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